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Computers as Components: Principles of Embedded Computing System Design (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) Paperback – 14 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123743974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123743978
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a good textbookfor any introductory course in embedded systems design, and it can also serve in a more advanced capacity.[...] If you need to teach a course on embedded systems, or if you just want to learn on your own, I recommend taking a good look at this text."--Grant Martin," " "Teaching someone to fish," "IEEE Design and Test of Computers, vol. 26, " no. 5, pp. 106-107, Sep./Oct. 2009"

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Wayne Wolf is Professor, Rhesea "Ray" P. Farmer Distinguished Chair in Embedded Computing, and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining Georgia Tech, he was with Princeton University and AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is well known for his research in the areas of hardware/software co-design, embedded computing, VLSI CAD, and multimedia computing systems. He is a fellow of the IEEE and ACM. He co-founded several conferences in the area, including CODES, MPSoC, and Embedded Systems Week. He was founding co-editor-in-chief of Design Automation for Embedded Systems and founding editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems. He has received the ASEE Frederick E. Terman Award and the IEEE Circuits and Society Education Award. He is also series editor of the Morgan Kaufmann Series in Systems on Silicon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. Manne on 21 April 2012
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Leaving aside the actual content of the textbook, the text is riddled with typos and awkward grammatical constructs. There is also inconsistent use of font effects and acronyms, and editorial notes appear to have been left in the body of the text ("stet", "the acronym is the name"). All of these mistakes appear in the first 30 pages! The slides that are used as an accompaniment also have their share of errors. Coming back to the content, there are several mistakes in the worked examples, there are instances where a diagram has an identical image twice rather than having the two different images that it is supposed to, and there are symbols missing from tables and text. The result is that I find myself questioning a lot of what I'm reading, regardless of technical accuracy - and it should be accurate given that Wayne Wolf is a competent and experienced engineer and academic. However, it is ridiculous that there should be so many errors in any textbook, let alone a Second Edition with a ~£50 price tag.

You might say that my own grammar is a bit off - but at least I haven't charged you £46 for reading this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not an awful book, but a lot of needless dribble. 26 Aug. 2013
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I'm a computer/software engineer and this book was an accompaniment to a computer systems course I took during undergrad. It covers aspects including embedded systems, real-time operating systems, and all the inherent concerns surrounding their use and function (interrupts, peripheral I/O, memory, etc.), and also software design. The content is great for those really looking to "connect the dots" between the disparate courses taken in a conventional ECE undergrad curriculum, however there is a lot of unnecessary dribble. Sometimes the authors go on and on just to get one simple point across, which made it difficult to retain my attention at times. In contrast to the other, very technical textbooks I was reading at the time, this sort of read like a children's book, although it is far from that. I did find myself busting out my highlighter to take note of some content that provided me with those "Oh, so that's how that works!" moments. If it means anything, I've kept mine and probably don't intend to sell it. It's great for a general, ever-so-slightly technical overview of the computer systems field.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not Recommended 17 Jan. 2009
By J - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was the required text for a class or I would not have purchased it. It is poorly organized and poorly written. The author provides an annoying amount of superfluous commentary and makes unnecessary digressions, both of which obscure the points he must be trying to make, and the content is sometimes repetitious. Finally, the book contains grammatical errors and the text includes what must surely be editorial content such as "stet" and "the acronym is the name", rendering some sentences unintelligible. Most books have their faults, but this one has too many to make it a worthwhile purchase; there are better texts which cover the same material.
Four Stars 27 Mar. 2015
By yujia guo - Published on Amazon.com
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So many mistakes
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Book almost perfect state 15 Nov. 2012
By Luis Neto - Published on Amazon.com
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Book almost in perfect state, for the price better than a new one.
Everything i must know about the subject present in the book.
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